Offices, Finsbury Avenue
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Architect Arup Associates
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Location London, England   map
Date 1982 to 1984   timeline
Building Type commercial offices
 Construction System steel and glass
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Facade developed with shading on light exterior metal framework.


Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior


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Discussion Offices, Finsbury Avenue Commentary

"At Broadgate, No 1 Finsbury Avenue set the aesthetic standard, almost single-handedly, for a new breed of speculative office buildings. Its elegant, open, well-lit atrium brought an unusual element in speculative offices but provided the building with, as it were, an internal series of faŤades. Offices were grouped around the internal glazed courtyard, the steel and glass roof over which brought daylight to all these users. High ceilings in these offices were also an unusual and welcome feature and were a direct response to the new requirements of raised floors for the highly sophisticated and complicated services required by the new technology. Suspended ceilings contain the ductwork for the lighting and air conditioning. The dark metallic appearance of the exterior of the building with its sunbreakers and diagonal rods provides a telling contrast to the well-lit and light appearance of the interior. The faŤades have been landscaped with trees and shrubs in a careful and well thought out manner."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p381.


Address: No. 1 Finsbury Avenue

Sources on Offices, Finsbury Avenue

Arup and Associates. "Office Building at Finsbury Avenue", A+U, January 1986, Volume 184. p118.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p381. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Offices, Finsbury Avenue


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